We love hearing from our readers: Your emails, tweets, and comments quickly let us know what you’d like
to see more (or less!) of in upcoming issues and online. Here’s what some of you are saying about Model
Airplane News magazine.
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Longtime MAN contributor and expert RC jet
enthusiast Rich Uravitch traveled to Paradise Field
in Lakeland, Florida, to cover all the action for us
at the 2017 Florida Jets event. Rich’s article was
published in the July issue of MAN, but we could
not print all of his exciting images in his report.
There were lots more, so we posted a highlight
featuring more than 60 images, showing off
Rich’s camera handiwork. Here’s what some of
you had to say:
Robert Belcher: I have the desire, but not the deep
Tammy Kingsley: Talk about boys with their toys!
But I have to admit, these are a lot more than just
Adam Sullivan: I remember when all the jets were
powered by high-revving nitro-burning engines. They
would eat up a glow plug on every flight.
George Phillips: Beautiful jets indeed. Their
performance is unbelievable.
Pete Williams: Shut up and take my money!
Carl Johnson: I’d love to fly jets, but my flying field
is way too small for their safe operation.
Facebook Thrust-Vectoring 3D Turbine Jet
We are always on the lookout for exciting videos, and this one really grabbed
your attention. When jet guys add thrust-vectoring nozzles to their aircraft,
the aerobatics really get wild. This impressive bit of piloting shows Steve
Johnson having fun with his amazing CARF-Models Chengdu J- 10 3D. Powered
by a Behotec 220 turbine engine and with the thrust-vectoring tail nozzle, this
jet really does live up to its NATO code name: Firebird! Thanks to Tbob Pete for
posting the video. Here are some of your comments:
SM: Looks like
me trying to get
KLS: I’ve tried
still have the
pieces to prove it.
WT: 40+ years
flying, never seen
anything like it!
CR: This supports
the case that,
thrust, anything can fly.
JB: Pilot got some
U In Our Mailbox Really Big Triplane
At my last club meeting, a friend showed me an article in MAN that showed
off a really big triplane. I believe it was built by Bill Holland, who is the chief
judge at Top Gun. Can you please tell me where to find it, and if possible, give
me some information on the model?—Charlie
Manny, via email
Hey, Charlie. The Reader Gallery on Bill Holland
and his big beautiful red triplane was in the June
issue. Bill built the 50 percent scale triplane from
enlarged Glenn Torrance Models plans. During the
build, Glenn also helped out by providing some
custom-made parts for the half-scale Fokker.
Powered by a twin-cylinder 3W 275cc gas engine, the triplane is covered with Poly-Fiber aircraft-grade Ceconite fabric, and it weighs in at 120 pounds, so it will need
an AMA Large Model exemption. You can get a back issue from AirAgeStore.com.—GY